The Olympic Games of 2012 may be the hot sports story at the moment but another great sporting event is attracting a lot of local interest.
In spite of the incredibly bad weather, members of the Black Hand Cyder Society have been honing their boule skills in preparation for the annual Open Championships to be held on Thursday, August 2nd at the Mill Farm Bouledrome starting at 7.00 pm.
It must be emphasised that this is Open event so non-members of the Society are most welcome to join in. It is a knock-out contest for teams of three though there will be a plate competition for first-round losers. Entries must be notified to David Godsmark, 788352, by Tuesday 29/07.
As with all summer meetings of the Society, a barbecue will be available on a “bring-and-cook” basis and suitable quantities of the members’ favourite tipple will be provided. May the best team win.
A serious threat to public access to the countryside was one of the topics discussed at last night’s meeting of the Parish Council.
The Council were told that changes to the farmland stewardship scheme, which were due to come into effect on October 1st, could lead to major changes. Many fields in Denton could be affected.
Under the current scheme many farmers are paid to leave a 6 metre wide uncultivated strip round their fields to encourage wildlife and allow public access. Under government cutbacks this will change in the autumn and some of the land involved will be returned to cultivation and/or access will be restricted. Unfortunately, without financial support, farmers will not be able to leave the land unused.
The meeting also discussed the problems on some local footpaths which are no longer cleared by the County Council and agreed to take action themselves.
The Parish Council have filled the vacancy caused by the resignation of Liz Cargill.
Last night’s Council Meeting was told that only one nomination had been received to fill the vacancy; that of Kerry Norfolk who lives in Skinners’ Meadow. Members were delighted with the nomination and proceeded to co-opt Kerry by a unanimous vote.
The challenge of organising this year’s Rising Stars performance was one of the issues discussed at the Variety Club AGM on Friday.
Last year’s production for young people had to be cancelled due to the small number of children available. It was agreed to start recruitment earlier this year and spread the net slightly wider.
The meeting heard that, in spite of the cancellation, the Club had another successful year. Gill Hipwell was thanked for her sterling work as writer and director of the adult production, Aladdin. Julie Oxley was elected to take over from Peter Grant as Chairman of the Club with her daughter Laura taking the Secretary’s role.
Denton got into the Olympic Spirit today when a group of residents went to Wrentham on the A12 to watch the passing of the Olympic torch.
The village was packed with enthusiastic spectators celebrating their opportunity to get involved in the games, if only in a very minor way. Four “runners” were involved in carrying the torch through the village on its way from Norwich to Ipswich.